Our 4th & 5th grade program, Life in Our Watershed:
Investigating Vernal Pools, integrates a 13-lesson,
standards-based science curriculum with a field trip to the
vernal pools at Mather Field. The
curriculum prepares the students for their field trip by
teaching them all about vernal pools and the plants and animals
that live in them.
The Splash Secondary Program is not currently operating.
However, we are pleased to offer the curriculum
to anyone wishing to use it for educational purposes. To view the
curriculum materials, including the Teacher’s Manual, Student
Handbook, Student Workbook, and DVD, please fill out this brief
form. Upon completion, you will be taken to the
download page. Splash will not share your contact information
Splash in the Class presentations are a fun way to teach
your students how to take care of their local environment. These
interactive presentations work for Grades 3 – 6 and last about 60
minutes. The experience helps students see water in a
new way – as a critical resource to be appreciated and protected.
This engaging program has already inspired over 60,000 Sacramento
area students to lend a hand in protecting local water quality.
During the wet phase, the Mather Field Vernal Pools host dozens
of species of aquatic invertebrates. Bigger critters who
eat them come to the pools to dine: frogs, snakes, shore birds,
wading birds, and more. If you want to meet them, along with
their famous pool mates the Fairy Shrimp and Tadpole Shrimp, join
us for a Critter Walk on:
Splash provides private guided vernal pool tours and nature
programs for scout troops, daycares, Nature Bowl teams, and other
groups of children and/or adults. We offer flexible
scheduling and programming tailored to the needs of your
particular group. For more information or to schedule a
private program, please
contact Lu-Anne Spencer-Hartle.
Love of Learning (LOL) is an on-going series of educational
programs that brings together supporters of Splash to break bread
and learn together. Donors, volunteers, and guests of
Splash receive email notice of these invitation-only programs and
outings a few times per year. Information about registration is
included in those invitations.
To attract and invest in the lifelong learners of our community,
Splash offers education classes for adults. For those who
want to learn more about the natural world and get out to see it
in the company of equally curious people, these classes are a
great fit. If this sounds like you, please consider joining us
for an upcoming class.
In our experience, the lifelong learners who come to Splash value
both education and access to the outdoors. Many share some
of the core values of Splash, which include:
We are united by a deep respect and love of nature and
believe that access to nature is the birthright of every child.
We think education is good and valuable in its own right.
We believe our environmental future depends on us teaching
children how to be good environmental stewards.
We are lifelong learners and believe in asking questions and
The reason Splash invests in lifelong learners is they often
return to Splash to invest in our mission as donors and/or
volunteers. The support of lifelong learners helps Splash deliver
inspiring science education to more children, so they can become
the lifelong learners of tomorrow.
Splash in the Class presentations are a fun way to teach your
students how to take care of their local environment. These
interactive presentations are designed for grades 3 – 6 and last
about 60 minutes. Best of all, they’re completely FREE!
For 2 billion years, bacteria were the only creatures on Earth.
Long before the dinosaurs, a special type of bacteria slowly
increased the level of oxygen in the Earth’s air to 20 percent.
Without this oxygen other plants and animals could not have
evolved, including us.